The Council of Ministers met by teleconference under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
In his introductory statement, the Prime Minister pointed out the special symbolism of today, as like today 41 years ago, in 1979, Konstantinos Karamanlis signed the act of accession of Greece to the then European Economic Community. “It is good to remember in our country that the European Union, especially for Greece, has always been valuable,” said Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Regarding the European Commission’s proposal for the € 750 billion Rehabilitation Fund, the Prime Minister stressed that: “It is a brave step, which strengthens solidarity, cohesion and convergence within Europe. In combination with the movements of the European Central Bank, a different, bolder European policy is foreshadowed. The Commission has set the bar high. And the Council must now, in turn, be up to the task. But also to seize the opportunity that opens up for the whole of Europe, in order to regain the role it deserves on the world chessboard “.
“A number of bills were discussed at the cabinet meeting, proving that the government, even in the midst of the unprecedented pandemic of the corona, is not only continuing but accelerating its reform work,” said government spokesman Stelios Petsas.
Legislative provisions of many Ministries, from the Ministry of Finance to Culture and Sports and from the Environment and Energy to Digital Governance, have a clear developmental footprint, as they boost liquidity, promote cultural mobility in the country’s capital and attract electricity. and television productions. Also, other provisions reduce the country’s environmental footprint (eg electrification of the Ministry of Environment and Energy bill in the context of tackling climate change), strengthen regional development (eg National Strategy for Islanding provided for in the bill of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy), reduce bureaucracy and speed up licensing (eg for actions funded by the Ministry of Digital Governance). Also, a discussion was held on the formation of the National Action Plan for People with Disabilities, which has been launched since last August by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in full and constructive cooperation of government agencies with the National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities (ESAme).
“It is clear that the government is implementing its reform plan to overcome the health crisis and trigger the dynamic restart of the economy,” adds Stelios Petsas.
1. Presentation of a bill of the Ministry of Finance for the small credits
The bill on microcredit, presented by Finance Minister Christos Staikouras and Deputy Finance Minister George Zavvos, has as its primary goal to facilitate the financing of a business, especially for very small businesses, start-ups, but and any kind of people who are excluded from bank financing due to lack of adequate collateral, or people who want to be trained to enter the workplace. Employment positions are being created, entrepreneurship and growth are being strengthened, while at the same time limiting the economy is being achieved and healthy business culture is being created.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that the bill is “another step in boosting liquidity in the economy.” He even called on the competent Ministry to ensure that the microcredit system operates in a “fair, transparent and supervised manner, in order to address both parts of the shadow economy and usury.”
2. Presentation of a bill for the Organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias, presented the bill for the Organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main axes of the proposed reform are:
-Introduction of Economic Diplomacy, Hellenes Abroad and Public Diplomacy at the core of the Ministry’s activities.
-Modernization of the Organizational Scheme.
-Unification of Structures for their upgrading and saving of human resources.
-Reorganization of Administrative Support Mechanism.
-Simplification of Procedures- Dealing with Bureaucracy.
– Activation of humanitarian aid tools.
3. Presentation of a bill for electric propulsion
The Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis, presented the bill for electrification, which is part of the broader plan for “green” travel and improving the quality of life in cities.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced to the Council of Ministers that he intends to present this important initiative together with the leadership of the Ministry “on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, 2020”. He even stressed that “we are not only talking about electric propulsion but also about the framework for incentives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the greenhouse gas emissions.”
The bill, among other things, provides:
-Ecological bonus (subsidy) for the acquisition of electric cars, two-wheelers, bicycles and small vans addressed to individuals, companies and taxis.
-For tax incentives for companies to acquire/use electric vehicles, as well as supply and installation of charging infrastructure.
-Free parking in controlled places for electric vehicles
– Spatial parking and charging by the Municipalities.
-Measures for the penetration of electric mobility in the Public Sector.
4. Presentation of a bill for the ratification of the individual donation contract for its project V from 06.09.2018 donation contract between the Greek State and the Stavros S. Niarchos Public Benefit Foundation for the strengthening and upgrading of the infrastructure in the field of health
The Minister of Health, Mr. Vassilis Kikilias, presented the bill for the ratification of the individual donation agreement for Project V from 06.09.2018, a donation agreement between the Greek State and the Stavros S. Niarchos Public Benefit Foundation for its assistance in strengthening and upgrading health.
A framework for a public-private partnership that had been “swamped” for a significant period of time and unblocked thanks to the Government’s initiatives since September 2019.
5. Presentation of a bill of the Ministry of Digital Government for the acceleration and simplification of the strengthening of audiovisual projects and the strengthening of the digital government
The Minister of State and Digital Government, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, presented the draft law, which aims at the one hand to promote the production of audiovisual works and to attract investment in this field and on the other hand to strengthen public digital and government services through procedures that facilitate the digital interface of the State with citizens and businesses.
As the Prime Minister pointed out, “one of the great legacies of the pandemic was the acceleration of the provision of digital services to the citizen, something that has been recognized by Greek society and is totally credited to the government.”
6. Presentation of a bill of the Ministry of Culture and Sports for the reorganization of the Fund for Archaeological Resources
The Minister of Culture and Sports, Mrs. Lina Mendoni, presented the bill for the reorganization of the Fund for Archaeological Resources. According to this, the Fund for Archaeological Resources and Expropriations (TAP), which is a Legal Entity under Public Law, is renamed the Organization for Management and Development of Cultural Resources (ODAP), its structure is reorganized and its operation is modernized, within its general effort in the economic and social development of the country. ODAP is called upon to use its operational mechanism, to support the strategy of maximizing revenue from the resources of Culture and to ensure a multiplier effect on the local economy and entrepreneurship, to strengthen the dynamics and prestige of the cultural product.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis characteristically stressed that “only upwards can we go in this field, as the situation we received was tragic. The opportunities that exist are very important. ”
7. Presentation of a bill of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy for the island policy
The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. Giannis Plakiotakis, presented the bill “Integrated Maritime Policy in the Island Area and other provisions”.
The aim of the bill is the implementation of a new Integrated Maritime Policy in the Island area for Greece, which presupposes mechanisms with appropriate financial tools, but also innovations in the coordination of the necessary governance. The bill introduces specific tools:
– Public Works Funding – “Nearchos” Program.
– Island Entrepreneurship Financing Program
– Maritime – Blue Economy Fund
– National Register of Maritime Economy Bodies
– Special Program for Institutional Empowerment of Maritime Economy Bodies
– Single Monitoring and Documentation Platform in the areas of National Strategy.
The Prime Minister noted that “the central philosophy of the bill is welcome and that insularity deserves special treatment.”
Other issues on the agenda include:
– Information from the Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on the Greek Presidency of the Council of Europe,
– Information from the Minister of Immigration and Asylum Mr. Panagiotis Mitarakis and the Deputy Minister Mr. George Koumoutsakos on the current state of the immigration issue in the light of the ongoing negotiations at European level on the formation of new immigration policy and asylum in the EU,
– Information from the Minister of State Mr. George Gerapetritis on the National Action Plan for people with disabilities,
– Pre-election of judicial officers to fill the positions: a) President of the Council of State, b) President of the Supreme Court, c) Vice-Presidents of the Supreme Court. Following a suggestion by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Konstantinos Tsiaras, the pre-selection includes the first six (6) in the yearbook Vice Presidents of the CoE and the AP respectively for the positions of the Presidents of the two Courts and the first fourteen (14) Areoparodites for the vacancies. Supreme Court.
– Re-election of the Consumer Ombudsman Mr. Lefteris Zagoritis following a proposal by the Minister of Development and Investments Mr. Adonis Georgiadis.
It also approved the Establishment of the Governmental Industry Committee, the Governmental Committee for the Development of the Supply Chain, the Government Committee for Coordination and Monitoring of Policies for the Response to the Pan-Korean Coordinating Committee and its Consequences, as well as the way Investment.
Finally, following the proposal of the Minister of Finance Mr. Christos Staikouras, following the decisions of the General Council of the Bank of Greece and the competent Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, the Council of Ministers unanimously decided to appoint Mr. Ioannis Stournaras to the position of Governor Bank of Greece for a second six-year term.